Nestled in the cliff at the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord, the Pointe-Noire Interpretation and Observation Centre is a little hidden gem that offers a spectacular view of the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park. It is also the ideal place for a picnic and to observe belugas and minke whales in their natural habitat. Talk to guides who are passionate and learn more about the marine protected area and the protection of belugas and other species at risk.  

The place is perfect for a stopover with a view of the sea.

Things to do

Getting here


141, route 138
Baie-Saint-Catherine, Québec G0T 1A0

By car
Take route 138 to Baie-Sainte-Catherine located in the Charlevoix region. Look out for brown road signs.

Arriving from Quebec City, the centre is located 1 km before the ferry dock to go to Tadoussac.

Hours of operation

The site is open from June 18 to October 10, 2022.
Complete Schedule

Free admission for youth. Other fees may apply.
Detailed fees list

Facilities and services

Accessible Facilities Accessible services
Lookout Lookout
Restrooms Restrooms
Dogs on leash Dogs on leash
Parking Parking
Information Information
Picnic area Picnic area

Quick facts

  • Observation and scientific research on the St. Lawrence beluga from the Pointe-Noire site contributed to the creation of the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park by providing important information on the cetacean population that was in need of habitat protection. Parks Canada observers are continuing research to monitor beluga whale visits to the mouth of the Saguenay.    
  • The beluga is the only species of whale that lives year-round in the St. Lawrence.
  • Before you, the 1245 km2 of the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park extend to the horizon.